How to Find Real Fairies
Have you ever wondered if fairies are real? I'm here to tell you, my friend, that indeed they are. Knowing that these otherworldly beings are real, perhaps you're wondering how to find them. Where are they? An easy and quick answer would be . . . everywhere. However, if you are a novice to this world, perhaps you need a little more advice than that.
In this article, I will do my best to give you the answer to your question of finding real fairies. The truth is that they are waiting for the right people, with the right minds and intentions, to find them. They are waiting for someone like you to help bring Mother Earth back to the place it once was . . . back when the fairies roamed the earth freely.
Most of us think that fairies exist only in English, Scottish, or Irish legend and that they might only be found in those countries. This is a false statement and a misconception. Finding real fairies is easier than you might think, because real fairies have been seen and can be found on literally every continent in the world. Every culture has their stories of fairies or nature spirits, from Ireland to China, South Africa to Canada, Australia to Finland. Some believe that they are not actually on our plane of existence, but another plane overlapping ours.
Please keep in mind that you must be open-minded and spiritually connected to Mother Earth in order learn how to find real fairies. I must mention that if you are a skeptic or a non-believer, the fairies will most likely never show themselves to you. If you have ill intentions or will, the fairies will most likely never show themselves to you. If you do not care for the well-being of the earth, or if you are a staunch religious person, the fairies will most likely never show themselves to you. Now, that's not to say that they won't have a bit of fun with you. Perhaps you'll lose your camera on the way while trying to find them. Or perhaps your food will spoil. The fairies only show themselves to people who are true of heart and pure of soul. When they do show themselves to you never say thank you! These words are not in their vocabulary and many times actually offend them!
Fairy rings are circles of plant-life and other things that can be found in nature. If you ever see a ring of toadstools in a meadow, forest, or in your own yard, you'll know that this is a fairy ring. For hundreds of years, the people of Ireland, Scotland, England, and elsewhere in Europe have said that a circle of toadstools is where the fairies have danced. If the fairy ring is in your own yard, it would be wise of you to not cut the toadstools down lest you anger the fairies who dance and play there.
Other fairy rings could consist of a dark green ring on the grass. This ring would be much darker than the rest of the grass and would make a complete circle. They could also be made up of a certain type of trees, such as willow or oak. Willow tree fairy rings are a special favorite of the Dryads. Stone circles are also known to have been popular fairy rings in ancient times. Perhaps the stones at Stonehenge make up an ancient fairy ring? Maybe the ancient Celts of Britain knew that the stones would attract fairies.
A warning about stepping inside of a fairy ring: Try to never do so! People in Ireland believed that a person could get stuck in a fairy ring and that their minds may never come back. Stories tell of people who have danced with the fairies within the rings, only to have a friend literally yank them out of the circle in order to bring them back to reality. This story goes along with the legends that fairies would entrance a person and whisk their minds (if not their entire bodies) away with them to faeryland. You don't want to go to faeryland, you simply want to learn how to find the fairies, so don't step into their fairy rings lest you be "pixie-led" away for good!
Wells and Springs
Throughout Celtic history, people made pilgrimages to distant, sacred wells in Ireland. These wells were said to be guarded by various types of spirits, namely certain fairies. If you go to Ireland and find a sacred well, it is very likely that you might find real fairies still guarding the well.
Water fairies are particularly drawn to sacred wells and springs. The fairies like to dance on the tops of the rocks in the springs and enjoy watching nature at its most beautiful. If you want to learn how to find real fairies, all you have to do is find the most beautiful springs in the forest, sit, and wait. You might want to think about leaving an offering for the fairies.
Just remember that not all fairies are nice, and so when you find real fairies at a spring, be sure to take caution not to disturb them while they're playing.
There's something about the natural springs and water in general that attracts fairies and always has. You could even set up a beautiful pond or water fountain in your garden and invite the fairies to come and visit. Water nymphs especially love fountains and springs, as they are playful fairies who enjoy a good romp in the water. If you find a water nymph, she may invite you to play. Just be careful to pull yourself away at the right time.
Hills and Mountains
Centuries ago, it was said in Ireland and Scotland that the fairies went into hiding under the hills. They were thought to have taken up residence within these hills or what are commonly referred to as burghs. Dozens of various Native American tribes have their own stories of little people from the hills and mountains. So it is almost inevitable that if you go to a rural mountain range or lonely, naturally-preserved hill that you will most likely be able to find real fairies.
You can go to a fairy burgh (hill) and leave an offering at the foot of the hill for the fairies. Knock three times on the side of the hill and then sit down a distance away from the hill. Visualize a protective circle around yourself and then watch the hill. You may be surprised to see dancing spirits emerge from the hill. You may be surprised to see that you have learned how to find real fairies.
Particularly hills and burghs with old trees or trails of toadstools are likely spots to find real fairies. The fairies may in fact be living within those hills, waiting for an open-minded individual such as yourself in order to emerge and strike up a conversation.
The Astral Plane
Of course one of the most common places to go in order to learn how to find real fairies is the astral plane. This is also referred to by many Pagans and Spiritual folks as the "inner plane." Some believe that this is where the fairies actually exist, a plane that sort of overlaps or coincides with ours. How can you find real fairies on the astral plane?
There are various ways, including meditation, astral projection, and dreaming. Before attempting astral projection to find real fairies, please consult a book such as Edain McCoy's A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk. Even if you're not a "witch," this book has a wonderfully written guided meditation to help you learn how to reach the inner plane and how to find real fairies there. Guided meditations into the land of the fairies is always the best way to go before attempting astral projection. If you are further along in your meditative practices and can already astral project, you may attempt to find real fairies on the astral plane. Just be careful which fairies you talk to and always be sure to protect your astral body before projecting.
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